Ben Stokes has been recalled to the England side for the third Test against India at Trent Bridge in place of Sam Curran.
Stokes was acquitted of affray on Tuesday at Bristol Crown Court and brought straight back into the squad. On Thursday, coach Trevor Bayliss said there would be two training sessions to assess whether Stokes was physically and mentally ready for a comeback.
Curran was named Man of the Match in the first Test at Edgbaston where he took four wickets in India’s first innings and then scored a match-changing half-century.
Joe Root, the England captain, said: “It was one of the most difficult decisions I’ve had to make as captain. It’s about us as a squad delivering over five games and on this occasion Sam is unfortunate to miss out.
“Ben is desperate to get back playing cricket. He’s desperate to get out there, put in performances and concentrate on his cricket now. He feels ready to play.”
England XI 1 Alastair Cook, 2 Keaton Jennings, 3 Joe Root (capt), 4 Ollie Pope, 5 Jonny Bairstow (wk), 6 Ben Stokes, 7 Jos Buttler, 8 Chris Woakes, 9 Adil Rashid, 10 Stuart Broad, 11 James Anderson.